WH Meet - The infamous Fuar Tholl split ;)
by BlackPanther » Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:17 pm
Route description: Fuar Tholl
Corbetts included on this walk: Fuar Tholl
Date walked: 09/04/2016
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 12.7 km
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Kevin had to work on Friday and because he finished late, there was no point to go to Sands campsite on Friday evening (unless we fancied pitching the tent in pitch dark ). So we only came to Gairloch YH on Sat morning (4:30 wake up time, arghhhhh!) and immediately got caught up with the atmosphere of the meet. The hill planned for the group was Fuar Tholl. We had done it before, but honestly there's very little new stuff left for us in Torridon... The Nose would do. The first time we did it we saw nothing due to clag, maybe the second time would be luckier...
To start with it didn't look like it, our happy group, led by Rod and Martin, walked up the road to the station in pouring rain.
Our route (drawn as Kevin forgot to switch on his GPS in all that WH madness):
The rain thinned as we climbed up the stone path but the cloud still lingered...
Me and Rod "the legends" as he said
Happy Kevin in the mist:
A lot of time was spent photographing and posing for photos:
As we reached the river crossing, Martin was eager to test his special boot protecting thingies Here comes the full photo documentary of his crossing!
The first step into water...
Testing the grip...
The hairy moment half way across!
He made it, hooray!
The rest of the group struggled a bit, some folks adapting the "close to nature" method
Once across the river, we continued up the path, with generous breaks for undressing
The cloud began to lift and at last we could see the splendid scenery around:
Hey ho, hey ho, up Fuar Tholl we go!
Not up this side, of course...
The mist lingered on over the tops...
The Wellington's Nose and the steep cliffs of FT:
From the highest point on the col we left the path and pushed straight up Creag Mainnrichean. No photos, as it started snowing heavily and we could see zilch!
It was a hairy scramble up the rocky slope, in dry summer conditions it would be nothing but with sticky, slushy snow everywhere, well, it was a different matter. Eventually, we made it all to the ridge and up Mainreachan Buttress, where Mountain Thyme was very disappointed when I told her this wasn't the summit just yet
The cloud was lifting again and we could actually see the top from where we were standing, just a short stroll away...
The final push:
Kevin and me lingered behind to take more photos:
The Nose from near the summit:
When the happy team reached the summit, it was time to have lunch...
...and pose for group photos:
Views from the summit were a bit limited by clag, but still splendid. I absolutely love this mountain. Maybe the next time I climb it, I'll get the full extension of the panos!
Getting ready to descend:
We didn't fancy going down Creag Mainnrichean (up was hairy enough!) so we started the descent south into Coire Dubh. Somehow, half way down our group split in two, the front half continued straight down across boggy and slippery, but reasonable ground. The tail half preferred to circle around the buttress to pick the original path. Just a bit of mess-up in planning, I only made sure that Kevin was in the same group as me (he had the car keys!). In the end, the Fearsome Five made all the way down safely - and we were first back to the car park!
Down the wet ground:
Fearsome Five tackle the steepest part of the descent (on heather, so it wasn't too bad):
Kevin and me lingered behind again, taking advantage of better light for photos. I must say, this side of FT is quite interesting.
The South Cliffs:
Kevin and rarely photographed Allt a'Mhuillin waterfall:
We crossed the railway, climbed over a couple of fences and eventually reached the road - hoooray!
All right, almost 7 hours, but who cares! We had fantastic time and I would like to thank all the fellow walkers for accepting us into the group, even if we spent too much time lingering at the end of the line
We didn't wait for the second part of the group as it was already 5 pm and we still needed to go pitch our tent. We drove to Sands campsite - what a fantastic place to spend the camping night... If only it wasn't so cold My poor not-fully recovered knee kept sending me messages all night
This tent is only good for car camping and we need a new, light one for tackling Ladhar Bheinn etc. but I like our old tent, it's very spacious and easy to pitch:
Views from the dunes:
Skye on the horizon:
The best was yet to come, as we walked from the campsite to the hostel for the evening meet and quiz! It was great to meet so many Walkhighlanders in person! Apologies to all those whom I didn't speak to, but with so many people in the room I got a bit confused!
The quiz was a good laugh
A few snaps from the quiz time, a but blurred as I forgot to change settings in my camera and it was still in landscape mode!
After the quiz, most folks still stayed up and chatted, but I was falling asleep, having started so early in the morning... Maybe I'm getting too old for drinking and partying
Many thanks again to the WH community for having us and tolerating the meowing one Hopefully next meet will be just as much fun if not better and may the weather gods smile at us in July!
We're leaving tomorrow for the land of adventures (mostly sausages, gingerbreads, pierogi and other delicacies), so I wish you all good weather and many happy summits in the next couple of weeks. I promise I'll be back to meow even more on Scottish mountains very soon!
by The Rodmiester » Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:33 pm
by dooterbang » Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:27 pm
Was good to see you and Kev again, I think the last time was in whiteout conditions Drumochter. Oh, didn't realize you where so tall ...you tower over Rod in one of the photos too
Enjoy Poland and hopefully see you both in Assynt.
by BlackPanther » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:05 pm
The Rodmiester wrote:Great stuff BP, glad we all made it back to the cars ok. That does look like a superb campsite, must head on over sometime, it looks vast with loads of room for all and with stunning views as well. I'm told the good is good as well. Hope you and Kevin have a great wee holiday back home and haste ye back, safe journey.
Thanks, Rod, I hope we'll have no problems traveling... After the recent attacks in Brussels even my parents are panicking
The sands campsite is amazing, fantastic facilities, super clean toilet-shower block, even baths! And great views from the dunes.
dooterbang wrote:Was good to see you and Kev again, I think the last time was in whiteout conditions Drumochter. Oh, didn't realize you where so tall ...you tower over Rod in one of the photos too
Enjoy Poland and hopefully see you both in Assynt.
Quite a few people during the meet told me I was sooo tall! I never noticed it since Kev is 6 feet and my dad's even taller. Kev has 2 brothers, both taller than him! I'm actually a dwarf in the family!
If all goes well, we will be there for the summer meet.
by ancancha » Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:02 pm
That river looks deep and cold
by mountain thyme » Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:36 pm
I was knackered by then , hence we decided on the direct approach down to the road